Well DOH! (Atlanta-AP) June 1, 2004 - A new study indicates people who want to lose weight might want to try putting one foot in front of the other instead of pressing the pedal to the metal. The study concludes more driving and less walking is contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic. The survey of more than 10,000 Atlanta residents found that every 30 minutes spent commuting each day means a three-percent greater chance of being obese. It also found that people who lived within walking distance of shops were seven percent less likely to be obese than those who drove. Researchers at Georgia Tech were surprised to discover that time spent driving had a greater impact on obesity than income, education, gender or ethnicity. I saw on the news this morning that in a few parts of the country, there is something called a "walking schoolbus"... where parents walk up to a mile to school with their kids in a group everyday. Kind of cool really. This obesity trend is out of control.